rescrutiny


rescrutiny

noun, plural scru·ti·nies.

  1. a searching examination or investigation; minute inquiry.
  2. surveillance; close and continuous watching or guarding.
  3. a close and searching look.

noun plural -nies

  1. close or minute examination
  2. a searching look
    1. (in the early Christian Church) a formal testing that catechumens had to undergo before being baptized
    2. a similar examination of candidates for holy orders
n.

early 15c., “a vote to choose someone to decide a question,” from Late Latin scrutinium “a search, inquiry” (in Medieval Latin, “a mode of election by ballot”), from Latin scrutari “to examine, investigate, search,” from PIE root *skreu- “to cut; cutting tool” (see shred (n.)). Meaning “close examination” first recorded c.1600. Perhaps the original notion of the Latin word is “to search through trash,” via scruta (plural) “trash, rags” (“shreds”); or the original sense might be “to cut into, scratch.”

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